- ReportJul 28, 2014
The BJP's historic victory in the spring 2014 Lok Sabha election was a tremendous accomplishment—yet it still leaves the party with impartial control, at best. Weakness in the Rajya Sabha, where the BJP only holds 43 out of 243 seats, may limit the party’s ability to enact legislative reforms.
- NewsletterJul 7, 2014
The Budget Session of Parliament commences on July 7, running through August 14. This will be the first full session of Parliament following India’s April-May 2014 election, and expectations are quite high. This is the third consecutive time a newly-elected government will start its tenure with a Budget Session of Parliament.
- NewsletterBy Patrick BrattonJul 3, 2014
PacNet #50 - Cautious optimism? What to expect from Modi’s India by Patrick Bratton
Patrick Bratton (firstname.lastname@example.org) is the director of Diplomacy and Military Studies Program and associate professor of Political Science at Hawaii Pacific University.
- NewsletterBy Sukjoon YoonJun 23, 2014
In PacNet 41A, ‘Mr. Pacific’ adheres to a narrow view of power politics. He makes a sketchy argument about a new kind of great power relations, identified as a ‘rebalance of power,’ but provides little explanation of how this could deal with the rise of China.
- NewsletterJun 3, 2014
With the BJP's massive electoral victory in the Lok Sabha elections, there has been a great deal of head
- NewsletterMay 15, 2014
The May 2014 issue of Comparative Connections is available at
- JournalMay 14, 2014
- Regional Overview: Aggresive Diplomacy with Mixed Results, by Ralph A. Cossa and Brad Glosserman
- US-Japan Relations: The Sushi Summit, by Michael J. Green and Nicholas Szechenyi
- US-China Relations: China's Maritime Disputes Top the Agenda, by Bonnie Glaser and Jacqueline Vitello
- Critical QuestionsApr 21, 2014
President Barack Obama will visit Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, and the Philippines April 23–29 in what is essentially a “do-over” after a previously scheduled visit to two regional summits was canceled last fall because of the budget impasse in Washington. The central aim is to reaffirm a commitment made in 2011 to “pivot” or rebalance U.S. foreign policy toward the Asia-Pacific region.
- CommentaryBy Phuong NguyenApr 17, 2014
President Barack Obama’s administration has touted the Lower Mekong Initiative (LMI) as a hallmark of growing U.S. engagement with ASEAN, particularly mainland Southeast Asia. For the past five years, government agencies, led by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), have made inroads toward developing the LMI as the centerpiece of U.S. engagement along the Mekong River.
- CommentaryApr 15, 2014
In its East China Sea diplomacy, Taiwan has been creative and constructive. In August 2012, President Ma Ying-jeou proposed the East China Sea Peace Initiative (ECSPI) to manage rising tensions over the disputed islands known as the Diaoyutai Islands in Taiwan, the Senkaku Islands in Japan, and the Diaoyu Islands in Mainland China.